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News from the week of May 24, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Class of 2000

`Pomp & Circumstance' draws near for seniors

The Class of 2000 bids farewell to Tracy Area High School Sunday, May 28. Seventy-seven seniors are scheduled to participate in commencement exercises.

The processional, featuring the traditional “Pomp & Circumstance,” begins at 2 p.m. in the high school gym. The public is invited.

Senior speakers are: Kara Nelson, Julie Gifford, and Jenna Boerboom. Debbie Gabel will give the senior welcome. Gayra Ostgaard will give the farewell.

Scott Hammond will `miss the kids the most'

After years of smiles and tears, good days and bad, Milroy Elementary School Principal Scott Hammond is ready for retirement. When school lets out for the summer, Hammond will step out with it--this time permanently.

Hammond, who has been involved in education for 35 years, began his teaching career in 1965 as a secondary-education teacher. Originally from Beach, North Dakota, he is happy to be ending his career what he calls the small, friendly community of Milroy.

“We like it here. After I'm done in a few days, we'll stay around until I figure out what I'm going to do for fun.” says Hammond, who is unsure of his future plans as of now.

Hammond says he loved his job for many reasons. The job, he said, was never boring.

$66,000 transfused for hospital improvements

The City of Tracy will borrow $66,000 to finance two capital improvement projects at Tracy Hospital.

Most of the money ($41,000) will go toward the purchase of an instrument sterilizer, unit, replacing a unit that burned out last year. The remaining funds will go towards a new electrical transformer designed to upgrade the electrical service at the hospital and clinic.

The city will borrow the money from a Sioux Valley Health Network finance pool. A $650,000 line of credit was established for the city in 1997 when Sioux Valley entered into a 20-year lease to operate and manage the clinic and hospital.

Shetek walleye derby has whopping turnout

• 105 boats of anglers have excellent catch

A Lake Shetek walleye derby hooked a record number of anglers Saturday.

A total of 105 boats, with two fishermen per boat, registered for the tournament. The Lake Shetek Area Improvement Association sponsored the derby.

Most fishermen experienced a “good bite” from walleyes.

Tom McCormick and Mark Hagen, Worthington, took top honors and $1,200 in prize money with four walleyes that totaled 13.97 pounds. Their 8.79 pound walleye was also the biggest fish caught, good for another $75.

Surprised Mrs. Minnesota International shares poignant message about children

When Susan Nelson entered the Mrs. Minnesota International Pageant, she never expected to win.

Just winning the Mrs. Congeniality Award, she thought, was nice.

"I had decided it was okay if I didn't win."

After all, Nelson thought, she had a great time and had met some wonderful women. She had also learned, many things she wanted to continue doing. She felt good about the things she had gotten out of the pageant experience.

But the Mrs. Minnesota International pageant didn't end with Mrs. Congeniality. The Lake Shetek woman also got the crown.

Seniors have award-winning night

Over $18,000 in local scholarships were presented at the annual Tracy Area High School senior awards night.